Poignant home-coming show for opera star Catrina Scullion

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Renowned opera singer Catrina Scullion will be returning to her home town of Ballymena this month to perform a special Christmas Concert in aid of Diabetes UK NI.

The concert will feature the fabulous soprano who will be joined on stage by harpist Anne-Marie Papin and the Seven Towers Male Voice Choir as they perform a range of songs from musicals, opera and popular classics.

An accomplished and versatile soprano, Catrina has enjoyed numerous performances at home and abroad as a concert soloist with Michael McGlynn’s dynamic Irish choral group, Anúna; Catrina has toured throughout the United States, UK and parts of Euirope and has performed in prestigious venues from Radio City Music Hall, New York and the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles to the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Recent operatic roles include Belinda “Dido and Aeneas” and selections from Mimi, Cio Cio San and Tosca’s roles for North Dublin Opera’s “Puccini in Concert” in August 2015.

Upcoming roles include 1st Lady in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.

As a professional chorus member with Anna Livia Opera and Opera Ireland, Catrina performed in productions of Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Pecheurs des Perls, Romeo et Juliette and Macbeth in The National Concert Hall and Gaeity Theatre.

In addition to having an exceptional talent as a classically trained soprano, Catrina holds a degree in Music, a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and is an experienced flautist and pianist.

Speaking of the concert, Catrina said: “I have always had a love for music, learning piano and flute as a child but my main love was always singing.

“Throughout my childhood I used to love listening to musicals, my dad introduced me to Les Miserables and from then on I was hooked!

“I always found myself singing the higher soprano lines and I used to pretend to sing opera around the house - much to my mum’s annoyance, although she has forgiven me now! My early opera heroes were Natalie Dessay, Kiri te Kanawa and of course, Maria Callas.

“Diabetes UK is a charity close to my heart as my uncle, Kevin Scullion had lived with Type 1 diabetes all his life and sadly he passed away last summer as a result of diabetes related complications.

“This concert is an opportunity for me to contribute to a good cause, by raising awareness of diabetes, in memory of my uncle Kevin.

“I am really looking forward to the concert and the rare opportunity to sing in my home town. In addition to popular numbers from West Side Story and The Wizard of Oz, there will be some Christmas classics, the beautiful “O Holy Night” and a few surprises thrown in.”

The concert will take place on December 19 at 7.30pm in Ballymena North Centre. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Ballymena North on 028 2564 4490.